Letters to the Editor
As a former high school exchange student in Blaine, I keep in touch with my host father Dick Clark and try to stay updated by reading your newspaper’s online version occasionally.
Now I learn that there are efforts to create a partnership with a Canadian city named Pugwash in Nova Scotia, which is deeply dedicated into promoting peace throughout the world. As a citizen of Germany, a country that twice decided to impose onto the world the most terrible wars mankind has ever witnessed, I greatly support that idea and hope that the partnership with Pugwash will be accomplished successfully.
I also see this project in line with the increasing international orientation of your city, an orientation that enabled foreign students like me to spend such a wonderful and inspiring time in Blaine.
As a previous resident of Blaine, I’d like to welcome back Blaine’s own, Brent Baldwin. I think he’ll do great in the position he has accepted and I also think it’s great the city has hired someone more than just familiar with Blaine.
Brent always had Borderite pride, even when he was away from Blaine over the past few years. Good luck, Brent!
Kelly J. McLaughlin
The Editor, all my dear friends in Blaine and Whatcom
It is with mixed emotions that I come to the end of an eight and a half year journey in the Pacific Northwest. I moved to Blaine in December of ’96, to go to a place “where nobody knew my name.” The anonymity didn’t last long!
I have been very fortunate to have lived and loved in this wonderful region of our great United States. I have been touched by so many people in the community, and it would be hard to name them all in the short space that I have. I am relocating to Texas at the end of this month, to be closer to my dad who is trying to survive cancer treatment. So I just want to say thanks to each and every one of you who have made a difference in my life. You know who you are, and you know how much I care about you and love you dearly. I will miss you terribly!
Thanks to the Blaine school district for giving my children an awesome education! Thanks to the Blaine elementary school for tolerating me in the parent involvement committee meetings. We did great work, girls! Please carry on and get better and better with each passing year. Thanks for all the teachers who gave my children an opportunity to think and learn and grow as individuals. I feel very blessed to have had all of you in my life and the lives of my children, to give them a great foundation for a lifetime of learning. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thanks to all of you who have been loyal and faithful clients and who have supported me in my insurance business. I couldn’t have done it without you! I am very torn about leaving all of you in the hands of another agent, but I have confidence that MetLife will take care of you and continue to provide you excellent service. I will keep my 800 number listed on my card as well as my email address, so you can still contact me for business reasons, or just to keep in touch. Please feel free to call me anytime!
I appreciate and love this community. A bit of my heart will always be here! Luckily, I’m moving to the bald eagle capitol of Texas, so part of the majesty that makes Blaine a wonderful place to raise a family will be right out my back door!! Thanks again to all of you for sharing a piece of your life with me and my family!
If anyone cares to write or send Christmas cards, our new address will be: P. O. Box 320, Alba, TX 75410. Big hugs and moochas smooches!
Debbie Perry Mullen and family – Larry, Jordan, Luke, Bea, Spenser and Gabe
It’s the middle of May.
The speed is 20
Around Birch Bay.
Safer to walk,
Safer to bike,
Safer for children
The beach to play.
Please don’t pass,
Please don’t speed,
Please! Oh! Please!
Our new St. Martin’s clothing bank, located next to the food bank on C Street in Blaine has been open to the public since February 25, of this year and is fulfilling a great need in our community. A huge thank you to the Peace Arch Ministerial Association for getting this project started and for their continued support. Also, thank you to the food bank for their support and for making this project possible.
We provide clean, usable adult clothing, towels and bedding for Blaine, Birch Bay, Custer, Ferndale and Point Roberts every Friday from nine to noon.
We are available every Wednesday from 10 to noon (new hours) to accept clean adult clothing and bedding. Clothing on hangers or folded is always appreciated. Also, we ask that you do not leave clothes outside the door as we do not have a way of drying them if it rains.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept household items at this time because of limited space. This program for our community is proving to be very successful due to the wonderful volunteers and public support through donations.
Anyone interested in helping can call Lynne Chapman at 370-3070 for more information. Thank you everyone for your donations.
I am glad to read the Blaine school board is reinstating principal Dan Newell without even waiting for his second conviction. It will give us time to guess what the nature of the third will be.
I would also ask they consider reinstating Paul Reubens as head of the Blaine movie house and Michael Jackson as head of the Blaine day care center.
Silver Springs, MD
The Point Roberts PTO, and many representatives of our beloved community, made a great showing at this month’s Blaine school district board meeting. I know they heard us – now let’s all work together to form that 10-year strategic plan for Point Roberts that we have been asking for!
This kind of community support requires input from a great number of people. First I would like to thank Lynne and Snyder Vick for their generous hospitality in hosting our PTO fundraising car wash at the Shell station on Sunday afternoon, and offering piping hot coffee to all the brave supporters who stood in the rain while their car was washed. Thanks a lot!
Thanks also to the various community members who brought their concerns to the Blaine school district board meeting. I can’t begin to describe the passion and warmth and true “family” feeling that permeated the room as we implored the board members to reconsider their recent decision to remove one teacher and one grade level, leaving one teacher to cope with instructing three very different curriculums, to our little ones. Thank you everyone – I am so proud to be associated with you and this loving community.
To the PTO members – thanks! Your signs, your time, your efforts and your enthusiasm – wow, what a group! You’re the best!
Thanks to Henry Rosenthal for driving the WTA van – your arrival put us at over 60 participants at our peaceful rally and we deeply thank you for taking on that task amid the Canadian holiday and the incredible border lineups and traffic associated with that.
Thanks also to the media who showed an interest in our story – we greatly appreciate that you feel the importance of this story as we do.
And lastly, thank you to the board members, Barrie Hull, Mike Dodd, Pebble Griffith, James (Red) Goodwin, Todd Berge and superintendent Mary Lynne Derrington for hearing us, for considering our requests, and for permitting us to take our time in formulating our emotional pleas to the board.
We understand the extraordinary task you take on for the entire district and we look forward to working with you to formulate a strategic educational plan for Point Roberts, as part of the Blaine school district family.
I would like to send a note of heartfelt thanks for all the community support we have received in response to the recent school board decision to eliminate grade three and a teacher at the Point Roberts campus.
At the school board meeting on Monday, May 23, we had a huge turnout of parents, kids, business owners and community members speaking out in support of our campus. The primary school provides such a great foundation to the kids to prepare them for their transition to the Blaine campus!
Eliminating a grade, a teacher and expecting one teacher to handle three curriculums is unrealistic for any campus and will certainly affect the quality of education currently provided to our young children.
I would like to point out that this local school has been a fabulous start for both my children. The teachers have been tremendous; the kids enjoy school and are doing well academically.
I am truly hoping that all of the great support we have had will impact the board’s decision, we can work with them on a strategy, and we can look forward to new generations of Point kids getting that great start here!
Anyone hearing about this issue for the first time, or to anyone simply interested in becoming involved, our PTO meets the third Tuesday of each month (next meeting is June 21), at the community center.
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